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Go BLUE for Men's Health Month. Cherry, Cherry! White Cukes? Yes! Mmm, Chocolates. Ohio Hates Cancer


The outdoor season of the Worthington Farmers Market is underway! We're open Saturdays, May-October, 8am to Noon. Find us along High Street in the downtown Worthington historic district.

Go BLUE in Support of Men's Health Month


In a Cleveland Clinic survey, only half of the 1,174 adult men surveyed said they get regular checkups. Furthermore, 72% would rather do household chores such as cleaning the bathroom than go see their doctor.




Wear BLUE to the Market in support of good health, regular exercise and a healthy diet for the men in your life!


Men's Health Month is especially meaningful to Market Manager Christine Hawks. Her dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer after a year of living with his symptoms.

75% of Colon Cancer is Preventable!

by Jennifer E. Hetrick, MD

You have the power to prevent colon cancer! It starts with what you put on your plate and how you move - well before any talk of colonoscopy.

About 75% of patients with Colon Cancer (also known as Colorectal Cancer or CRC) have sporadic disease with no apparent evidence of having inherited the disorder.(1) That means 75% of us have a chance to alter our risk factors by how we live our lives! The remaining 10% to 25% of patients have other risk factors like ulcerative colitis or a family history of CRC.


So … what are we to do?


Know your Risk. Ask about your family history. And talk with your doctor about getting tested for Lynch Syndrome.(2) Higher genetic risks are linked to:

  • A family history of colon cancer

  • A family history of Lynch syndrome (3)

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Previous colon polyps

  • Endometrial cancer before age 50yo

  • Ovarian cancer

  • Multiple primary cancers

Eat more fiber: Animal products do not contain fiber. Plants do. Eat more fruits, veggies, and whole grains like Farmers Market oats and whole grains, leafy greens, and especially mushrooms, which have anti-cancer properties when cooked. These foods keep stool moving through the colon, feed the microbiome, decrease inflammatory insulin, decrease toxin contact time against the bowel wall (like pesticides, nitrites, and TMAOs), and help prevent diverticulitis as a side benefit.

Stay hydrated: Shoot for 64 ounces of water per day.(4) It keeps stool moving and helps fiber do its job.

Keep things moving (literally) Exercise helps move stool through the intestines, allowing enough time to absorb nutrition but not too much time to allow toxins to linger against the bowel wall. Exercise can decrease body weight, abdominal obesity, and insulin levels, which are all independent risk factors for cancer.

Aim for 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week (such that you can talk but not sing while you exercise). Walking is cheap and easy. (Check out https://walkwithadoc.org/ )

Avoid known carcinogens (substances that cause cancerous changes) like nitrite-containing deli meats, alcohol, and smoking.

Know possible signs of colon cancer: blood in stool (red, maroon, black or tarry), change in stool girth (especially if it becomes thinner like a pencil or ribbon), chronic diarrhea, abdominal or rectal pain, chronic nausea, unexplained weight loss, or jaundice.

And finally, Get your screenings! Life isn’t perfect and things happen. That’s why we screen. We try to find disease BEFORE we have symptoms- when we can more effectively treat pre-cancers to keep them from becoming cancers. Colonoscopy is the gold standard- it both diagnoses and treats by removing pre-cancerous polyps, when present.

There are other testing tools like Cologard, FIIT, and fecal occult blood testing that simply require collecting a bit of stool. Don’t let fear get in your way. Talk with your doctor about what test might be right for you. Screenings are now recommended starting at age 45 and even earlier if you have high risk factors. If you are 76+ years, talk with your doctor about what’s right for you.

Stay informed. Eat well. Move well. Be well. And follow through on your cancer screenings! We’ve got one life- let’s Live It Well!


  1. Kanth P, Grimmett J, Champine M, et al.: Hereditary Colorectal Polyposis and Cancer Syndromes: A Primer on Diagnosis and Management. Am J Gastroenterol 112 (10): 1509-1525, 2017. [PUBMED Abstract]

  2. https://ascopost.com/videos/2017-gastrointestinal-cancers-symposium/brendan-j-guercio-md-on-colorectal-cancer-and-physical-activity-impact-on-survival/

  3. https://www.cdc.gov/genomics/disease/colorectal_cancer/testing_lynch.htm

  4. 1ounce water per 1 kilogram body weight in general but clear it with your doctor first.

  5. https://www.cancer.gov/types/colorectal/hp

  6. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190814101637.htm

  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6522766/

  8. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31408415/

  9. https://www.cdc.gov/genomics/disease/colorectal_cancer/testing_lynch.htm


Jennifer Hetrick, MD is a Family Medicine Physician in Columbus, Ohio. She provides comprehensive primary care, with an emphasis on lifestyle factors such as exercise, nutrition, and stress management in the treatment of chronic conditions. Her practice serves ages 2 and up through direct primary care, a monthly subscription payment model. Jennifer also leads the Worthington Walk with a Doc group at the Worthington Farmers Market (currently postponed due to the pandemic).


Ohio Hates Cancer

Ohio Hates Cancer is an apparel line dedicated to raising Cancer Awareness, operating out of OHIO. We are an apparel line inspired by fighters, survivors and unfortunately, those lost to this terrible disease called cancer.


Initially "OHIO HATES CANCER" was just a design for a t-shirt, but after more thought and the desire to do more to help fight this horrible disease, Ohio Hates Cancer as a brand was born!



We aspire to bring a Local feel to a Global cause through unique designs and comfortable, high quality fabrics. We realize that the fight happens and the support is needed most when the fundraisers and events are over. Wear your support all day everyday with our Ohio inspired apparel. 20% of proceeds are donated in support of cancer research. Find the Ohio Hates Cancer mobile boutique on E. New England Avenue this Saturday or shop online at: https://www.ohiohatescancer.com/

Mondiale Collections - Preview Day

Welcome Autumn & Dave and Mondiale Collections!


"In June 2020 we returned to Ohio to be closer to our aging parents. We both have family roots here in Ohio, Lima and Dayton specifically but we choose to call Columbus home.


We moved from the Big Island of Hawaii. We had been in the farmers market community there for over a decade. We own and operate a small estate coffee farm on the Hamakua coast.


Coffee led to an interest in chocolate and although the farms elevation was unable to grow chocolate it didn't stop our journey into learning more and more.

After attending chocolate academies and classes across the country we decided to launch Mauna Kea Confections. We sold chocolates, caramels, syrups and confections alongside the coffee until April 2020, when COVID had us rethink our proximity to family.


So here we are in Columbus, starting up again. We brought some of our favorite tropical recipes with fresh fruit sourced back in Hawaii from our favorite farmers market vendors. We are also looking forward to introducing the flavors of the midwest into our collections with fresh locally sourced ingredients.


We are excited to join the Columbus community and share our handcrafted treats with our new friends and customers."


You'll find Autumn & Dave and Mondiale Collections in Booth #83 on the Southeast Village Green. Stop by and give them a great big Worthington welcome!

This Week's Participating Producers

*Note: This list is current as of publishing. Producer participation may change after this list has been published based on availability of products, weather and other unplanned circumstances that may cause them to be absent.

10 Maani's Indian Spice Blends

11 Columba’s Mexican Food

12 J-POPS

13 Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC

14 Sweet Thing Gourmet

15 Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC

16 Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC

17 Oakleaf Farm

18 Oakleaf Farm

19 Aarrows LLC

20 Farmhouse Herbs and Flowers

21A Curly Tail Organic Farm

21B Ohio Farm Direct

22 From My Garden

25 Covey Rise Farms LLC

26 Cottage Garden

27 Cottage Garden

28 C.A.B.B. Farms

29 Red Moon Ranch LLC

33 Ramble Coffee

34 Sitara's Sweets by Kat

36 9N FARM

37 Daily Bread LLC

38 Florentine Legacy, LLC

39 Franklinton Farms

40 Franklinton Farms

41 Tulip Cafe

42 Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops

43 Simple Times Mixers

44 Made Without Grain

45 Tiger Mushroom Farms

46 SaraBee Pure Honey

47 Native Cold Pressed

48 Stonefield Naturals

49 Somerset Herbs LLC

50 Rhoads Farm Inc

51 Spotted Salamander Soap Company, LLC

52 North Country Charcuterie

53 Silver Bridge Coffee Company

54A Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese

54B Kennedy Farms

55 Ohio Bison Farm

57 Waffle Hub, LLC

58 A Few Of My Favorite Things...

59 Batter and Bowl

60 Baileys Drive Inn Donuts

61 Toad Hill Farm

62 Honeyrun Farm

63 Tilley Farmstead

65 Blue Jacket Dairy

66 Anderson Orchard

67 Scoop O’ Granola

68 The Crazy Cucumber

69 Hummavore

70 The Market Sharpener

71 Kingdom Fish

72 JNA BREAD BAKERY

73 Pleiades Maple Products

74 Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas

75 Jorgensen Farms

76 Ohio City Pasta

78 Rock Dove Farm

79 Gillogly Orchard

80 Urban Spreads

81 Tupelo Doughnuts

82 Stokeshire Farm

83 Mondiale Collections *Preview Day

84 The Compost Exchange

Find a Producer With Just a Click!

Our interactive market map is live via this link: http://maps.managemymarket.com/4646

Please Note: Map is provided for informational purposes to help locate your favorite producers. Map is not to scale and does not reflect spacing between booths.

Veggie Spy

Get Some Mega-Cherry Flavor with Sour Cherries!

Sour (or tart) cherries have more acid and less sugar than sweet ones making them less suitable to be eaten raw. But their intense cherry flavor really comes through in jams, cakes, pies, and even cocktails! They also tend to be smaller and rounder than sweet ones and have a softer flesh.

Sour cherries have even more antioxidants than their sweet cousins and they also have more natural melatonin than almost any other food! You rarely find fresh sour cherries at supermarkets, but you can get them at Franklinton Farms! Act fast because the sour cherry season is short.



Because sour cherries are ideal for pies the Versatile Vegan suggests you try this this Vegan Sour Cherry Pie with Almond-Oat Crumble. How about cherries for breakfast? Start your day off with a smile with Sour Cherry Overnight Oats. Also try Chilled Sour Cherry Soup, a traditional Hungarian dish that works as a soup or dessert. And when it’s time for cocktails try a refreshing Sour Cherry Margherita!




Other Finds

Cottage Garden still has asparagus. Jorgensen expects to have cucumbers, both green and white! Tilley Farmstead plans to have garlic bulbs and may have zucchini as well. Oakleaf will have English Shelling Peas. Franklinton Farms has fennel and radicchio.


Grow your Own Mushrooms!

Te’Lario Watkins, the super entrepreneur who started Tiger Mushroom when he was 7 years old, is now selling organic mushroom kits. Growing mushrooms is a great project for kids and mushroom lovers of all ages. And the proceeds go towards Te’Lario’s non-profit!



Fresh Picks for This Week

Producers have the following available for online pre-order and/or at the Outdoor Market. Note supplies are limited.


Arugula, Asparagus, Beets-purple top and greens, Bok Choi, Broccolini, Cabbage raab, Carrots-multiple colors, Cherries-sour, Chives, Collards, Fennel, Garlic-bulbs, greens & scapes, Green Onions, Herbs, Kale & baby kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce-various, Microgreens & shoots, Mushrooms-shiitake, Mustard Greens, Peas-snow & sugar snap, Popcorn, Radicchio, Radishes, Rhubarb, Scallions, Senposai, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Swiss Chard, Tomatoes, Turnips-Hakurei and greens, Yukina Savoy mustard greens

Breakfast Pizza -- On Wheels!

Enjoy a tasty bite of breakfast pizza served up by Chef Jim Warner and his team aboard the OSU Wexner Medical Center Mobile Education Kitchen.


The purpose of the mobile education kitchen is to educate individuals how eating more fresh produce and plant-based foods, along with exercise, appropriate weight and a decrease in alcohol consumption can potentially lead to a decrease in the risk of certain cancers.


Look for the big red food truck parked along High Street near US Bank. The breakfast pizza bites are vegetarian friendly and feature seasonal and healthy ingredients that you can find around the Market on Saturday including fresh herbs, greens, eggs and cheese.

Save the Dates!


  • June 22 Slow Food Columbus Producer Panel

  • Sunday Fundays All Season


Invest in Your Community


Do you love our farmers market? We are powered by a non-profit organization that largely relies on donations to fund our operations. Please consider donating to help us reach our goal. You can do a one-time donation or even set up a monthly donation to help us keep our market going strong. Click here for the link to donate: experienceworthington.com/donate




Looking for Father's Day Gifts?


Market gift certificates and tote bags are a great way to encourage all the dads in your life to eat healthy and support local producers!


Available for purchase at the Information Booth located at the corner of High Street & New England Avenue.






Produce Perks Coupons EXPIRE June 30!

(Representative image only. Copies not redeemable. Actual coupons contain barcode and issuer identification.)

Attention EBT and P-EBT customers: ALL Produce Perks Coupons (PRx and TANF) will expire on June 30. If you haven't used yours yet, please do so at the June 19 or June 26 market. After June 30, vendors can no longer accept the coupons and the market is unable to redeem them. Produce Perks coupons are for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables or food producing plants only.

Parking at the Market

Historic Old Worthington is delightfully walk-able, especially during the Worthington Farmers Market. With our expanded footprint, extending south from the Village Green along High Street, there's plenty to explore while you stretch your legs! Use these maps to familiarize yourself with public parking options available around our downtown:

Or view the maps online at: https://static1.squarespace.com/.../ParkingMap-Jun10.pdf

Can I Bring My Dog to the Outdoor Market?


Well-socialized and well-behaved dogs are welcome to accompany visitors to the Worthington Farmers Market.


We ask that pet owners abide by these rules to make a pet’s visit to the Market a good experience for everyone:




  • Pets must be kept on a short leash.

  • Pets must be under control and by the owner’s side at all times.

  • Keep pets away from produce, plants, and other food products.

  • Pets must be friendly with other pets and people of all ages.

  • Be considerate—not everyone loves your pet; some customers are fearful and others are allergic to animals.

  • Please clean up after your pet.

Current Operational Guidelines

  • Facial coverings are optional, though recommended for unvaccinated people.

  • Space between vendor booths has increased to ensure maximum aisle width. Form lines in empty spaces next to booths to allow other pedestrians to pass and keep traffic flowing in the main aisles and sidewalks.

  • Sanitize your hands often. Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the Market space.

  • Only touch the products that you intend to buy. Or, allow the farmer or food maker to select your products for you.

  • All extracurricular activities (music at the market, busking, Market Sprouts, cooking demonstrations, etc.) have been postponed until further notice.

​And, remember, if you have a fever or if you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Thank you for your continued support, cooperation and patience!


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The Worthington Partnership is pleased to announce that COhatch is furthering its investment in the Worthington community. Together the organizations will continue to drive initiatives to bring positive attention to the historic district, and support professional development and educational seminars for local merchants and business owners. The Partnership also will support soon-to-be-announced COhatch community events geared toward improving the lives of local residents.

COhatch will provide funding, hosting venues and people resources to help design and plan future programs for the community in collaboration with the Old Worthington Partnership. You will also see the COhatch airstream trailer, a multi-purpose office on wheels named "Mobi" at various events.

Thanks to COhatch for bringing energy and resources to Old Worthington! We are thrilled to work even more closely together to enhance the Old Worthington experience.

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at worthingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

The Worthington Farmers Market is an event of The Worthington Partnership.

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